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FBI impersonator sentenced to federal prison

Jacksonville man also pleaded guilty to wire fraud, failure to appear

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 36-year-old Jacksonville man was sentenced to five years and six months in federal prison for impersonating an FBI agent, wire fraud and failure to appear. U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard also ordered Anthony Tyrone Jones to pay restitution in the amount of $21,700 to a victim of his offenses.

According to court documents, Jones falsely represented himself to be an investment advisor claiming that he had helped another individual become a millionaire. In February 2011, at Jones’s direction, one victim provided him with $21,700 to invest in the stock market. Instead of investing the funds, Jones cashed the victim’s checks and used the money for his own personal enjoyment.

Jones defrauded another individual by posing as an FBI agent to induce a woman to have sex with him at no charge after he had previously promised to pay her for sex. Jones was arrested on January 2013 and released on bond subject to electronic monitoring. In April 2013, he removed his monitoring bracelet and absconded. He was captured August 13, 2015, by the U.S. Marshals Service in Jacksonville. 

Jones pleaded guilty last February.